Physical Scientist GS-1301-15 | Department of Energy Office of Science


Posted: 30-Mar-23

Location: Germantown, Maryland

Salary: 152,527-183,500


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 The two job opportunities include one program manager in the Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences (AMOS) program, and another program manager to manage the Quantum Information Sciences (QIS) portfolio in CSGB.


  1. BES CSGB has an opening for a program manager to manage the portfolio of fundamental research projects in the Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences (AMOS) Program. The AMOS Program currently focuses on fundamental, hypothesis-driven research in ultrafast chemical sciences. The program portfolio supports basic experimental and theoretical research aimed at understanding the structural and dynamical properties of atomic and molecular systems. The research targets fundamental interactions of photons and electrons with atomic and molecular systems to characterize and control their behavior. The program aims to develop accurate quantum mechanical descriptions of ultrafast dynamical processes, such as charge migration and transfer, chemical bond breaking and forming, and interactions in strong fields, where electron-electron and electron-nuclei correlations are important. A description of the BES AMOS Program can be found at: Details of the current Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences research portfolio may be found in the abstracts of the most recent principal investigators’ meeting at
  1. BES CSGB has an opening for a program manager to manage the portfolio of fundamental research projects in quantum information sciences (QIS). The current CSGB portfolio of QIS research projects focuses on quantum computing and simulation relevant to domain science areas in the CSGB division and chemistry-based approaches leveraging quantum behavior, such as coherence and entanglement, in molecular systems to advance QIS. This chemical sciences research includes efforts to address Priority Research Opportunities identified in the reports from the BES Roundtables on Opportunities for Basic Research in Quantum Computing in Chemical and Materials Sciences and Opportunities for Basic Research for Next-Generation Quantum Systems. Information on QIS research currently supported by BES can be found at:

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The purpose of this notice is to inform you of two job opportunities for Physical Scientist GS-1301-15 positions in the Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences (CSGB) Division, Germantown, MD.  The recruitment will use CY-23-OCDH-1301-11824095-DH which is posted on USAJOBS:

This announcement will be used to collect applications from both internal and external candidates for this permanent position. You must submit your application, including a resume and any other required documents identified in the announcement, through USAJOBS to be considered for this position. Your application should describe how your experience demonstrates that you meet the requirements for a GS-15 position and should show that you possess the knowledge and abilities in relevant sciences required to successfully perform the duties of these positions. Management will request a list of applicants from the Oak Ridge Human Resources Shared Service Center on April 12, 2023.

Anyone applying to these positions needs to be aware that, if selected, you will be placed on a new permanent appointment in the Civil Service. A DOE career status employee selected for the position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.

For more information, please contact Gail McLean, Office of Basic Energy Sciences at [email protected] or (301) 903-7807.

About Department of Energy Office of Science

Basic Energy Sciences (BES) supports fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundations for new energy technologies and to support DOE missions in energy, environment, and national security. The BES program also plans, constructs, and operates major scientific user facilities to serve researchers from universities, national laboratories, and private institutions. The BES program funds work at more than 160 research institutions through the following three Divisions: Materials Sciences and Engineering Division
Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division
Scientific User Facilities Division
The research disciplines that the BES program supports—condensed matter and materials physics, chemistry, geosciences, and aspects of physical biosciences—are those that discover new materials and design new chemical processes. These disciplines touch virtually every aspect of energy resources, production, conversion, transmission, storage, efficiency, and waste mitigation. BES research provides a knowledge base to help understand, predict, and ultimately control the natural world and serves as an agent of change in achieving the vision of a secure and sustainable energy future. The energy systems of the future—whether they tap sunlight, store electricity, or make fuel from splitting water or reducing carbon dioxide—will revolve around materials and chemical changes that convert energy from one form to another. Such materials will need to be more functional than today’s energy materials. To control chemical reactions or to convert a solar photon to an electron requires coordination of multiple steps, each carried out by customized materials with designed nanoscale structures. Such advanced materials are not found in nature; they must be designed and fabricated to exacting standards using principles revealed by basic science.

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